Soon you will no longer be able to purchase the traditional light bulb. In 2007 President Bush signed a law requiring lights to meet certain efficiency standards. Starting in 2012 you will no longer be able to purchase 100 watt bulbs, in 2013, 75 watt bulbs and in 2014, 40 and 60 watt bulbs.
“If every American replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a CFL bulb (compact fluorescent), we would prevent nine billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to keeping two-thirds of Portland metro-area cars off the road for a year”
Starting July 14th 2012 the United States Department of Energy requires new efficiency standards for the manufacture of linear fluorescent lights. Magnetic ballasts most commonly used in T12 fluorescent fixtures will no longer be produced. Simply put, electrical suppliers will no longer be able to purchase replacement lamps or ballasts for your T-12 fixtures.
The simplest retrofit for T-12 lamps and magnetic ballasts is a T8 or T5 lamp and electronic ballast. This new technology produces higher quality light and less heat resulting in lower air conditioning needs and can save 30 to 40 percent on energy costs. Portland General Electric and The Energy Trust of Oregon have more information and incentive offers to help you with this change.
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